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Ugandan cricket may be down but not entirely out. It is still a bitter pill to swallow that the Cricket Cranes got relegated to the unfamiliar ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Four on home soil a week ago.
But Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) can still save face via the ladies’ front.
In September, this East African nation will be one of the five participants when Namibia hosts the ICC Africa Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers.
The development was announced at the weekend and UCA has already rolled out a plan for the big continental meet.
Yesterday, two teams; the U-23s and the Girls Cricket Week Select sides were named to represent Uganda at the annual Kwibuka Women’s T20 Peace Cup slated for Rwanda capital Kigali this weekend.
Yusuf Nanga, who guided Masaka SS to second place at the Cricket Week and Soroti Academy tutor Ivan Kakande are tasked to guide the sides respectively when they grace the four-team competition comprising Kenya and Rwanda national teams.
“This is not a normal tournament for us (Uganda) like in previous years,” Nanga told Daily Monitor before the teams left for Kigali last evening. “We expect tough cricket from Kenya and Rwanda to shape our girls,” the U-23s’ coach said.
Rightly so. Notwithstanding Pioneer Cricket Club’s Easter trip to Kigali, this competition is perhaps the biggest engagement lady cricketers are having since the start of the year.
The start of the National Women’s League was been delayed by the just concluded ICC WCL Division Three here last month.
“The plan is to have the girls play wholeheartedly as we prepare for Namibia. The statistics from here will be used by the selectors to choose the best players for the August trials in Nairobi before Windhoek.” Nanga added. Nanga, also a player with Africa Cricket Club, has six of his 14 players from defending champions Tornado Bee including captain Gertrude Candiru, Racheal Ntono, Mary Nalule, Rashida Kalsum, Saidat Kemigisha and wicket-keeper Patricia Munguryek.
Meanwhile, his students from Masaka SS including Janet Baluka, Teddy Ayella and Immaculate Nakisuyi made the cut to Kakande’s Cricket Week Select team. Champions Jinja SS only have captain Stephanie Nampiina and Rita Musamali in the side. The tournament starts on tomorrow at the Kicukiro Oval, Kigali.
Gertrude Candiru (Captain), Racheal Ntono, Patricia Munguryek, Kevin Awino, Mary Nalule, Jennifer Nabwana, Janet Mbabazi, Rashida Kalsum, Martha Akello, Saidat Kemigisha, Irene Alumo, Dalphine Namubiru, Claire Mushakamba, Christian Tumusiime
COACH: Yusuf Nanga,
MANAGER: Naome Kayondo
There is no better way Team Uganda’s coach Francis Otieno would have wanted his side to start the UAE International Women Twenty20 Cup.
The Lady Cricket Cranes started off at the invitational event with a convincing 87-run win over Oman at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
“It was a good game,” delighted senior player Franklyn Najjumba told this paper via phone. By then, the mood was a jovial one back in camp at Hotel Holiday International.
While Otieno will have to find solutions to a mid-order collapse, the Kenyan tactician will particularly be impressed with the team response.
Skipper Barbara Mukankusi’s three boundaries in an opening knock of 23 off 32 hardly got support from six batters on the order as Omani bowling trio Saya Channa (2/20), Sajina Rajesh (2/38) and Akshadha Gunasekar (2/21) enjoyed fine spells with the ball.
Uganda was reeling at 71-6 not until Najjumba and Carol Namugenyi walked onto the crease. The pair combined well for a 65-run partnership with 35 runs off 32 deliveries coming off Najjumba’s bat.
Namugenyi had 23 runs off 24 balls and 29 bowling extras had Uganda pile 126-7. The Ugandan fielding innings began with verve and put Oman in a tight spot at 5-3 after 5.5 overs courtesy of Namugenyi.
She snared outstanding figures of 4/3 and two maidens. That early blow set the tone as Consy Aweko (2/2) and Mackenzie Ayato (2/7) bowled out the Omanis for 39 runs. Today is rest day for Uganda but Oman takes on Kuwait in Group B.
UAE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S T20 CUP
Uganda 126/7 Oman 39/10
(Uganda won by 87 runs)
Uganda has been invited to compete in the UAE International Women’s T20 Cup scheduled to take place from 12th – 20th December 2016 in United Arab Emirates.
A total of Eight (8) Countries confirmed participation in the above Tournament namely; Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Uganda, Zimbabwe, & United Arab Emirates.
A squad of 30 players was named, and Preparations for the tournament kicked off on Thursday 6th October 2016, the team trains from both Lugogo and Jinja grounds .
See below a squad which was selected to prepare for the above Tournament.
1. Immaculate Nakisuyi
2. Joyce Mary Apio
3. Jane Francis Baluka
4. Patricia Munguryek
5. Kevin Awino
6. Grace M. Ayato
7. Evelyn Anyipo
8. Carol Namugenyi
9. Gertrude Candiru
10. Shakira Sadick
11. Stephanie Nampiina
12. Hilda Kabaseke
13. Hope Wanichan
14. Rita Musamali
15. Naome Kayondo
16. Saidat Kemigisha
17. Rashida Kalsum
18. Jenifer Nabwana
19. Lelia Namaganda
20. Pricco Nakitende
21. Barbara Mukankusi
22. Janet Mbabazi
23. Rachael Ntono
24. Scovia Akello
25. Leona Babirye
26. Gloria Adubu
27. Consy Aweko
28. Claire Mushakamba
29. Patricia Malemikia
30. Franklyn Najjumba
1. Mr. Franko Otieno ( Women's Coach)
2. Miss. Rita Tinka ( Women's Manager)
WOMEN'S DEV'T OFFICER - UGANDA CRICKET ASSOCIATION.
Cricket Cranes mainstays Arthur Kyobe and Frank Nsubuga made hay on their semi-professional stints as they led their Kenyan side Sikh Union to a four-wicket win over Swamibapa in the Harilal Shah Memorial Twenty20 final at the Nairobi Gymkhana Oval on November 12.
Swamibapa captain Lameck Onyango won the toss and his openers Alex Obanda (55 off 47) and Naman Patel (21 off 21) went about their job of building a solid base clinically as they batted first.
But Ugandans, whose Kenyan franchise had endured a lukewarm season, raised the bar to ensure their team had something to cheer about in the season-ender.
First Kyobe, made a difficult running catch from long-on look easy fodder off the bowling of Tarandeep Singh to get rid of Patel with scoreboard reading 43 for 1 after 7.4 overs.
Then Nsubuga helped Abdul Rehman snare his first of the evening with a sharp catch from deep mid-wicket to dismiss the dangerous Nehemiah Ngoche Odhiambo for just four runs at 74 for2 in 10.2 overs.
The Ugandan off-spinner opened the bowling and his figures of 1 for 17 in 4 were a perfect foil for Rehman who destroyed the favourites batting line-up with superb figures of 5 for 21 as Swamibapa fell from 105 for 5 to 121 all out in 19.1 overs.
“Our bowlers didn’t give away too much,” said Kyobe, who shone with a match-winning knock of 31 off 35 balls at No.3 as Sikh Union sailed over the line with nine balls to spare.
“They made sure we would chase a target that was within our reach. We were under no pressure because we needed just six per over. I played at three because they had some left-arm spinners that were troubling our right hand batsmen. It is always good to go across the border and return victorious. It augurs well for our reputation and keeping in mind that we have big tournaments coming up.”
Nadeem Ahmed played anchor role for Kyobe with a 30 as Jadavji Bhimji 2/20 and Saumil Patel 1/21 tried to put the brakes on the chase in vain.
Harilal Shah Memorial T20 Tournament
Results – Final
Sikh Union 122/6
Sikh Union won by four wickets
Nov. 18-25: Takashinga-Kenya Tour Series
Feb – June 2017: ICC WCL Division Three
Week One of the National Men’s Twenty20 Cup sent out a glimpse of what to expect; ‘boom boom cricket’ like former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi would say.
Yet again, more runs are expected as batsmen attempt to suffocate bowlers again in 10 contests at five different grounds today.
To begin with, 2012 T20 finalists Charity Trust Fund will carry their momentum after earning promotion back to the top tier when they face hosts Jinja SSS and JACC across the Nile River.
“This is a whole different ball game,” Charity’s all-rounder Varinder Singh said of the T20s.
“In this format, it is all about making quick runs on board,” said the man who finished the limited-overs Division Two season with an explosive 62-ball 111* century against ACC on July 17.
Charity, runners-up to Aziz Damani in the lower tier, is without Simon Ssesaazi who recently earned a UK VISA to join teammate Jonathan Ssebanja for a semi-professional stint. Meanwhile, ACC faces holders Patidar Samaj at Kyambogo, the same venue where Tornado Bee will meet KICC later in the afternoon.
The latter trio won all their matches last Sunday and will gear for more of the same. “We are using the T20s’ to give chance to players who didn’t get chance in 50-Over League,” KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar said.
Perhaps, that’s how batsman Hamza Saleh resurfaced after a huge lull with 84* off 48 while beating JACC.
Elsewhere, Nile will do without inspirational budding star Kenneth Waiswa as he Uganda’s U-19s against Zimbabwe youth sides at an Invitational tournament in Harare Sports Club.
NATIONAL MEN’S TWENTY20 CUP
Strikers vs. Premier, 10.30am
Mwiri vs. Premier, 2pm
Patidar vs. ACC, 10.30am
Tornado Bee vs. KICC, 2pm
Nile vs. Challengers, 10.30am
Wanderers vs. SKLPS, 2pm
Kutchi Tigers vs. Tornado Bee, 10.30am
Avengers vs. Tornado, 2pm
AT JINJA SS
Jinja SSS vs. Charity TF, 10.30am
Charity TF vs. JACC, 2pm
Thrilling is a word inappropriately used many a time. But to say the Mehta Premier League T20 finale between Jinja Secondary School and Pioneer Cricket Club at Lugogo Oval on Sunday was overly exciting would be an understatement.
Jinja SS defended their trophy in style by outwitting this year’s National Women’s 40-Over League champions Pioneer by seven runs in the Super Over decider. It was that sort of day for coach Habibu Mugalula’s student-packed side that had earlier rallied to edge Sam Walusimbi’s Wanderers by four runs in the tense low-scoring semifinal duel.
But tactics and passion bettered experience and reputations as Mugalula’s girls showed a lot of character to equal the set target of 81 after they looked short of ideas at 58 for 5 in 14.3 overs. Captain ‘Fantastic’ Claire Mushakamba (17 off 21) and the well-built Dinah Adong (13 off 13) dug deep and ensured Jinja SS would live to fight one more time in the lottery that is the Super Over. It was the same combo of Adong (5*), Mushakamba (1) and best batter Rita Musamali (4*) that helped amass 10 runs in the Super Over before Musamali returned with ball to give away on three runs in five balls as Pioneer ran out of resources with the pair of Player of Series Pricco Nakitende (1) and Best Bowler Carol Namugenyi (0) run out to leave big-hitter Franklyn Najjumba stranded at one end.
“We got our tactics wrong in the Super Over,” Rita Tinka, Pioneer CC’s manager said. “We should have given the ball to a different bowler in the Super Over and we got our batting combination wrong too. At least everyone chipped in.”
For Mushakamba, the finale was won in the dugout. “Our tactics were better. Our coach (Mugalula) asked us to deny them singles and they played into our hands.
They were looking to go big and that is why they didn’t get more than 81. We are happy to end the tough year with a trophy.”
T20 MEHTA PREMIER LEAGUE
Results - Semifinals
Pioneer 64/7 Charity TF 61/9
Jinja SS 46/7 Wanderers 42/9
Pioneer 81/6 Jinja SS 81/7
Super Over Decider
Jinja SS 10/1 Pioneer 3/2
Jinja SS win by 7 runs